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Big in Japan
Tom Waits Lyrics


I got the style but not the grace
I got the clothes but not the face
I got the bread but not the butter
I got the window but not the shutter

But I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan, hey, but I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan

I got the house but not the deed
I got the horn but not the reed
I got the cards but not the luck
I got the wheel but not the truck

But hey I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan, but hey, I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan

I got the moon, I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster, I got the crow
I got the ebb, I got the flow

I got the powder but not the gun
I got the dog but not the bun
I got the clouds but not the sky
I got the stripes but not the tie

But hey, I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan

Hey-ho, they love the way I do it
Hey-ho, there's really nothing to it

I got the moon, I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees
I got the rooster, I got the crow
I got the ebb, I got the flow

I got the sizzle but not the steak
I got the boat but not the lake
I got the sheets but not the bed
I got the jam but not the bread

But hey, I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
Hey, I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, JALMA MUSIC, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: KATHLEEN BRENNAN, THOMAS A. WAITS

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Orrex11

~Strange percussion sound~

~Guitar~

I got the style
But not the grease
I got the clothes
But not the face

I got the bread
But not the butter
I got the window
But not the shutter

But I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
Hey but I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan

I got the house
But not the deed
I got the horn
But not the reed

I got the cards
But not the luck
I got the wheel
But not the truck

I got the moon
I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees

I got the rooster
I got the crow
I got the ebb
I got the flow

I got the powder
But not the gun
I got the dog
But not the bun

I got the clouds
But not the sky
I got the stripes
But not the tie

But hey I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan,
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan,
I'm big in Japan

~Guitar~

Heeey-ho
They love the way I do it
Heeey-ho
There's really nothin' to it.

I got the moon
I got the cheese
I got the whole damn nation on their knees

I got the rooster
I got the crow
I got the ebb
I got the flow

I got the sizzle
But not the steak
I got the boat
But not the lake

I got the sheets
But not the bed
I got the jam
But not the bread

But hey I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan
I'm big in Japan

Hey

I'M BIG IN JAPAN

Yeah (Or just a grunt)

I'M BIG IN JAPAN

I'M BIG IN JAPAN

~Guitar~

~Strange percussion sound~



All comments from YouTube:

Rebecca antholz

I love him. He is a very humble, sweet person. Very talented. His biggest accomplishment? Besides playing several instruments, writing his own songs and being an actor? He quit drinking completely. He is now a sober due to the love of his wife Kathleen and their three children. Three cheers for Tom!!

Thorsten Töpp

He has the Blues. Only a few white musicians could say this. Having the Blues is the black belt in making music!

Rich Latta

When did he quit?

Dan Barnham

@jemimallah I think Tom proved that his addiction had no bearing on his music. In fact it went from strength to strength, and that was guided by Kathleen.

Emmett Sherlock Music

Yay I was your 100th like!

Cheers to sobriety

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Odin Tillgren

Les Claypool, Ler Lalonde, and Brain Mantia of Primus on bass, guitar, and drums on this one. Primus + Tom Waits is a winning combination.

Nick Gurr

BIG TIME

Henry Crumb

I did not know this 🧐😁👍

TimmahDee

@Michael Baron Same! I've listened to this song for 2 decades and never knew this

Michael Baron

I had no idea that this is Primus backing him up. Mind blown.

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